Boxing is one of the most ludicrous, highly-paid sports in the world. With controversial fighters galore and many high-profile bouts between absolute titans in the industry, it’s perhaps no surprise that boxing is so popular among the bookies’ outright markets. Here is a look at some of the best strategies for betting on the sport.
Method Of Victory May Be Best Value
In some fights, the method of victory will offer you much better value than simply putting money on the fight’s potential winner. For example, Anthony Joshua is known for his power in the ring. He is currently at odds of +250 in the outright boxing betting markets to beat Oleksandr Usyk by stoppage in his upcoming fight. That represents the best way of backing the British boxer.
On the flip side, the lower you go down the weight divisions, the more fights go the distance, in this case, backing your selection to win on points is a smarter bet. Expect to see Saul Alvarez one of the popular boxing tips to beat Gennady Golovkin on points in their encounter later this year. The Mexican is evens to get the decision on the judges’ scorecards.
Other markets bookmakers offer include round betting, the number of knockdowns, and the fight to go the distance. Having so much choice is a big advantage when it comes to placing a bet on boxing today.
Never Rule Out Backing the Draw
The draw is always the biggest odds in the three selections available in the sports betting on a fight. However, it should not be ignored when there are two fighters who are closely matched.
There are two instances where a draw will be called at the end of the fight. The first is a split decision. This is where the first judge scores it in favor of fighter A, the second judge goes with fighter B and the third judge calls it a draw. The second scenario is a majority draw. In this case, two of the judges have it as a draw on their cards, with the third judge going with fighter A or B.
There have been draws in some big fights over the last few years. Tyson Fury drew with Deontay Wilder in the first of their three contests in 2018, while Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s fight with Gennady Golovkin finished as a draw in 2017 after a split decision.
If Unsure of The Round, Bet on Group Market
As well as offering individual round betting, many bookmakers also have group round betting on their sites. This is where the group three rounds together and if the bout ends during that period, you are the winner.
This is a good market to bet on if you feel the fight will end early. Some fighters take at least a round to size up their opponent. Betting on rounds 1-3 gives you nine minutes for the contest to end.
Group round betting is also a good bet if you fancy a later stoppage. If you have studied a fight and have doubts about one of the boxer’s fitness, rounds 10-12 in this marker represent a good play.
Good luck the next time you are betting on boxing. Hopefully, you land a blow on the bookmakers with your knockout bet.
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